Sarah Miller hasn’t been home in seven years. She thought she could stay away forever. If it wasn’t for her big brother’s wedding, that is. Part of her even feels silly for staying away this long. It’s not like anyone even knew what happened. Well, except for him.
That guy. The one she compared all others to. The one who set the bar so high no other guy after him could even compete. The one who made her feel like anything was possible. The one she thought she would never be good enough for. The one she spent the last seven years trying to forget.
All she needs to do is make it through the next week without running into him
Sarah Miller has been in love with Will Price for as long as she can remember. She’s not the only one who’s had eyes for Will. He’s gorgeous, popular and outgoing; everything Sarah is not. She’s been stuck firmly in the friend zone for years with no hope of escape. When senior year rolls around the two finally realize they have feelings for one another and act on them. Everything goes splendidly until THAT night. In the blink of an eye everything changed.
Seven long years later, Sarah is on her way home to her brother’s wedding in Decatur, Georgia. Going home means remembering. Going home means possibly running into the only man who’s ever held her heart. The same one who shattered it all those years ago.
Him was an entertaining, yet fairly predictable read. Sarah doesn’t feel she’s worthy of Will. She doesn’t see her own beauty and strength. I wish that she was more self-assured. I spent a good deal of the book wishing that she would just man up. She has such poor self-esteem. It didn’t help that nasty teenaged drama queens made her feel inferior, but at 25 it’s time to shake off all that. You can’t go around in life looking for your self worth in the eyes of others. If you do, you’ll most definitely find disappointment. I was thrilled that Sarah had Sawyer in her life. After losing Will as her BFF, she stumbled upon the perfect “replacement”. Sawyer is an outgoing free spirited drifter of sorts; everyone loves her. She was definitely one of my favorite characters. She loves Sarah so fiercely. Come to think of it, I think that’s just how she loves in general.
Will seems to be a genuinely great guy. He’s got a great heart and honestly seems to care a great deal for Sarah. I give him a lot of credit for the way he patiently waits on Sarah to be ready to talk about their past. I’m really looking forward to Her, the follow up to Him. If I’m not mistaken, it’s the story from Will’s POV. It will be interesting to get a glimpse inside his head – to see what makes him tick.
I really enjoyed that the book took us back into the past and returned to the present in alternating chapters. I’m not usually a huge fan of this style of writing. It’s frustrating to just get into a storyline and then find yourself thrown into a different time. In this case, however, it worked really well. The back and forth seemed to only enhance the story, bringing the characters to life and enhancing the emotional “bond” between the characters and the reader.
Would I recommend Him? Yeah, definitely. Be warned – It does kind of drag in a few spots, the ending will sneak up on you and there’s not a whole lot of sizzle between the sheets if you catch my drift. I’m hoping that book three (assuming there will be a book three… You know what happens when you assume. Let’s hope that won’t happen to me.) will give us a HEA since this book ends with more of a HFN. I guess only time will tell. I mean, what was the point of introducing Jared into the story if he doesn’t play an important part in a future book? He has to… He just has to!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carey Heywood lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, three children, and nine-pound attack Yorkie. In her spare time, she transports her children from one extra-curricular activity to another while maintaining her day job in the world of finance. Right now, she is probably eating Swedish Fish.
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